Idea for "Stories" : Non-Fiction
I love the "Stories" feature in Labs, but I have an idea that might make it better, or at least more diverse: introduce simplified, non-fiction articles, with follow-up questions.
Don't get me wrong, I love reading about Cindy's accounting internship and Eric's magical hair salon, but sometimes I feel like I'd be more interested in reading about the Napoleonic Wars in French, Frida Kahlo in Spanish, or Max Planck in German. That way, I can learn the language while learning something I would find interesting in English as well, like a "two-for-one" learning experience.
What do others think of this idea? Do you think it's feasible?
That sounds like a great idea! And maybe there could be an exclusive section in the language tree which corresponds with the story you're reading that can be purchased for lingots.
Sounds like a great idea! It would be fun to read about the Vikings in Norwegian.
Danish and Swedish too! Hopefully some day Icelandic will also join us. :)
I don’t spend much time with the stories. If this idea were used, I would.
This reminds me of the old Translation feature that used to be on Duolingo, most of the articles there were non-fiction.
This sounds like a great idea! I definitely think it would be feasible. It would also help with expanding vocabulary as it would cover a wider topic I would have thought
This would be pretty cool. I'd also really like to see simplified versions of literary classics. After all, they have a pretty big impact on the culture behind the language. Imagine reading a simplified version of The Tale of Genji (assuming Japanese ever gets Stories).
oh that would be so awesome! Sounds like an idea one of my Argentinian friends and I came up with. It would be so cool to learn a language by translating passages of the greatest books written in that language.
I love this idea! Another thing that would make the stories more useful is if each story completed could unlock a new unit in the tree corresponding to the vocab in the story. Currently, it is difficult to reinforce the vocabulary in the stories because you don't get to practice it in the Duolingo tree. You could add words to tinycards, but practicing content in duo would be less boring and more cohesive!!
This would be a great idea! Including traditional stories and folktales would be another interesting way to shake things up.
I think that sounds like a great idea. Especially because it incorporates reading comprehension, which for me personally is difficult.
Awesome idea! It is kind of like the non fiction readings in textbooks, but since it might be on Duolingo, it won't be as boring
That is a very good idea, I think having "stories" with a number of different subjects that would be interesting to read.
People would be more motivated to practice their language reading skills if they had something to read that they would want to read anyway.
So some history articles, profiles of famous people historical and contemporary, some about science, some about sports, and other subjects that might engage readers.
Another thing that might help is if the stories or articles were organized by reading level, real simple short stories for beginners, longer more advanced ones for more seasoned learners of the language in question, maybe have a reading level system: Level 1 or A would be very simple and very short possibly only one or two verb tenses, level 2 or B would have more tenses and more complex grammar and so on.
I think short history/culture lessons would be a fantastic idea, but difficult to integrate.
For example, you can't talk about Brazilian culture without soccer so I think a series of lessons that teach soccer terms would be great. And tie it into history with the story of the 1950 World Cup, and maybe the story of Pele too.
But, you would almost need a separate course just for that type of lesson and it would take a ton of contributor resources. I'd be down to thrown in a few, but it would still require fluent translators.
Superb idea! Specially with follow-up questions in order to test comprehension. By adding many different topics (non-fictions); next to learning a new language,we would certainly add valuable knowledge to what we already know about the history, culture, food, life style, etc. of the corresponding countries which speak that particular language. You earned a lingo!
Great idea; maybe current and past events from Spanish language newspapers and magazines, poetry and short stories from the great authors past and present, and classic songs.
Really good idea - and Duo staff wouldn't have to write them! Books out of copyright period are probably OK; quoting newspapers on current events would presumably need permission, and as elvper says, carefully chosen topics, but they would be so great for up-to-date vocab! I am in France at the moment, in the middle of the southern area recently devastated by floods, and not only have I been so impressed by the wonderful courage and supportiveness of the local people, but I have also learnt a lot of new words!
I would be ecstatic for any stores, conversation, or subject matter discussed in Japanese. It would be awesome to go beyond random practice sentences. Currently we have had to go to external sources for content and context. It is difficult to find material that is not too advanced, although I have been delighted with a news site that publishes articles at the primary school level. Reading articles on other sites becomes overwhelming when it gets too advanced, but I have found that I can use tools like google translate and online dictionaries, etc. to hold my own with less complex material. Doing this is helping a lot, but better material would be wonderful. I would even be happy to get material without a translation. Let us take a stab at it. It would make for some interesting conversation. Regardless, I am very happy to have this site. I appreciate what you've done, and encourage you to keep up the great work. Thank you!
I agree - just got interested in the stories - I reward myself with a story after I complete a duolingo task. AND, i too would be interested in a non fiction story. I am so happy a friend cajoled me into trying duolingo.
It would be great! Actually, I know one website that uses a similar approach, for teaching Persian:
It's slightly different than Duolingo stories because on that website one can read and listen to the whole article and there is a separate section with exercises related to the texts. The articles (especially the more advanced ones) are often related to the Iranian culture.
Another thing they could do is get extracts from old books for english learners they could read extracts from animal farm or christmas carol for french learners voltare for german learners gürter this way they can see older versions of the language too
Great idea, but the problem is that we have to convince them to do it and making separate non-fiction stories for different languages may not go down well with some people. I'm all for it, though.
I'd love to have any kind of stories in Danish (and several other languages) I checked it out in French, and it was great.
History or even articles about places of interest in the countries where the language is spoken, or interesting cultural practices and things to do. Like a guide-book to the region, and you're learning the language at the same time.
Yes, that is a very great idea. I like it and i also think it will also help us learn about other cultures.
I do like this idea !
Could it be feasible to do this - even with the resources we have at our disposal.
i.e. by using the relevant resources of these discussion forums.
Perhaps even to start some initial development, and test out engagement.
For ideas, in the Greek for English speakers forum, there is this structure, produced by the amazing troll1995
Do others have examples of similar ideas that people are working with in any of the other forums ?
I think it is a great idea. They could do short stories about the actual country we are learning about!! a bit of it's history, famous people facts from that country or whatever..
Sure, good idea, but it would mainly have to be topics that are of interest to a wide range of people (to be viable).
Edit: on the topic of stories, it would be nice to get a little update on its status as there hasn't been a post about them in the past ~ 2 months or so while it used to more common, isn't it?
I would be definitely interested in this feature! I have gone through a lot of Spanish stories and stopped because the stories stopped holding my attention, this would be a great way to continue learning :)
I like stories better than history. Doing the stories thingie would be like a second school.
I love this idea! It would also be interesting to read about current events in countries of your target language or folklore from that country as well
That would be an interesting development to the stories. Good idea! :)